Setting up your Laser Jig

Thank you for purchasing one of my laser jigs. I originally designed the jig for my own use and I needed it to be everything that you would normally want – easy to use, adjustable and hard wearing (I’m sometimes a bit of a clutz so it has to cope with some abuse!)

I hope I’ve done everything to meet this criteria. If you’ve got any suggestions, give me a shout!

The jig is relatively easy to set up, but I’ve put together this step-by-step guide should you require any clarification.

REMEMBER TO FOLLOW ALL RELEVANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING YOUR LASER!

Step 1 - Get your pieces together

Choose the set of bushings closest to the diameter of your pen blank.
Too small and you’re going to stretch the image, too big and you’ll be compressing it.

Step 2 - Pop the tube onto the rod with the bushings

Step 3 - Follow with the nuts - tighten the inner two to securely hold the blank.

Step 4 - Put the elastic bands onto the baseplate

Step 5 - Feed the rod under the elastic bands

Step 6 - Lift the rod into place on the trees and centralise under the laser head. Wind the outer nuts into place so they sit gently against the trees without causing friction.

Check the tension on the elastic bands - you should have equal tension in front and behind the
rod.

Step 7 - Fire up that laser!

IMPORTANT NOTE!!!

As the jig moves the pen in the opposite direction to the bed, you have to vertically flip your image. Some images may also require a horizontal flip. Test your images on a cheap/rough blank to become acquainted with it before committing it to your latest expensive pen.

Depending on the thickness of your frame, the trees may not have a solid, firm fit. If they seem loose you can hold them in place with a few methods;
A little blu-tac up inside the groove
Tape across to the outside of the frame
Hot glue gun

While my own are a reasonable fit, I have hot glued them into place to prevent any mishaps mid-burn. I don't tend to move mine around so this method suits me best.

The extra length in the rod comes in useful when engraving on one end of the blank, where you may have to miss out the second set of nuts to allow clearance. The jig will comfortably work on just one elastic band if necessary, but in normal use please use both for even tension.

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